Certificate Program and Professional Diploma in Astrology
Intensive courses to develop your professional-level skills
Every term includes both electives (some of which may only be offered once per year) and regularly scheduled courses on the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology. You can sign up to audit any of these courses (you will not have homework!), or take them for-credit toward a certificate or the diploma.
To check the calendar for the starting dates for the 10-week terms, click here
10-week courses begin at the start of each term.
5-week courses (those ending with an "A" or "B") have different starting dates.
To ensure your learning, students have direct instructor interaction and feedback. In addition, students have
- Access to the student resource center
- Access to the Marion D. March Online Library
- Links every week to written articles, videos and/or presentations to deepen your understanding
- Links to additional optional materials that aren't required for the course, but are wonderful supplements to it
- Discussion forums where students work with the material for the week answering a question and responding to each other's answers
- Assignments, which may include quizzes that immediately allow you to check your own understanding and written assignments for instructor feedback
- Access to the course site for an additional 3 months after the course is complete
- Students in the Fundamental series also have an optional "lab" - a one-hour online session devoted to interpreting charts.
Upcoming Courses - Ten-week term begins April 13
E260 Mesoamerican Astrology
In Mesoamerican astrology, multiple units of time become signs. Learn how to work with this fascinating and unique tradition!
Instructor: Bruce Scofield, PhD
Independent Study - take any time
Students will have 6 months to complete this in-depth course.
There are four major, world-class astrological traditions: The Western astrological tradition that… Read More
E300 Astrological Heritage
Astrology has a rich heritage stretching back thousands of years. We sometimes think of astrology as just one thing, but different cultures asked different questions as they found meaning in the ever-changing sky. This class offers a survey of the history of astrology, primarily in the West.
Instructor: Inga Thornell… Read More
E400 Astronomy for Astrologers
Astronomy and astrology have the same origins in the explorations and explanations of the visual sky.
Instructor: Bruce Scofield
Astronomy is the study of the nature, motions, and history of the Earth's cosmic environment, astrology is the study of how the cosmic environment affects Earth and its inhabitants.… Read More
E510 Symmetry in Astrology 1 (Uranian astrology plus ...)
This course considers a range of astrological techniques and methods that share a common principle – symmetry. Uranian Astrology and the use of midpoints are obvious examples. But there are many other common techniques such as the distribution of elements and qualities, traditional rulerships and antiscia that also use symmetrical principles.… Read More
M100 Chart Construction
Chart calculation can pretty daunting. This course helps make it easier.
There is a trade-off in having the benefit of computers to calculate and construct an astrological chart. This guided independent study course gives students a deeper understanding of how the chart relates to the movements of the earth and… Read More
V101 Introduction to Indian Astrology
This course will serve as an introduction to the wide tapestry of the astrology of India, commonly known as Jyotisha (the spirit or science of light) or Vedic Astrology, because of its connection to Indian spiritual beliefs found in the Vedas, the primary holy books of the Sanatana Dharma (eternal… Read More
W101 Fundamentals I: Introduction
This course is designed for those who are curious about what astrologers do, or those who want to solidify the astrological knowledge they have already gained on their own. The astrological chart will be taken apart in order for students to clearly understand how each set of symbols functions and… Read More
W102 Fundamentals II: Interpretation Tools
This course adds tools to help students distinguish how the core components of a chart are modified for each individual. Students are encouraged to critically consider the various techniques through a discussion of their strengths and weaknesses as well as any controversies surrounding them. Guided practice each week in “Live… Read More
W103 Fundamentals III: Building Delineation Skills
The primary focus in this course is the practical application of what the student has learned. A good astrologer must not only know techniques but be able to reflect upon their own world view, assumptions and other personal filters. Students will also actively consider and discuss potential client issues and… Read More
W104 Fundamentals IV: Natal Practicum
For many students, there is a large jump between knowing all the pieces and putting them together for a client. If you find synthesis a struggle, then this course is for you. Students will focus on finding basic themes, answers, and interpretations using the natal chart to address client issues.… Read More
W110 Fundamentals V: Predicting Major Life Circumstances
This course covers major techniques for predicting major life circumstances to show the flowering of the natal chart promise.
Instructors: Carol Tebbs , Gloria Scigliano
In this course, actual and symbolic planetary movement techniques are introduced according to the length of time they activate the natal chart – longest to… Read More
WR201 Counseling Issues in Astrology
Astrological counseling as a profession has some unique features. In this course, students will be introduced to considerations involved in astrological counseling as a profession
Primary Instructors: Karen McCauley and Inga Thornell. Guests have included Claudia Dikinis and Robert Glasscock
Throughout this course students will work on communication issues… Read More
Upcoming 5-week Courses
Apr 25: E513A Introduction to Uranian Astrology
If you have heard of midpoints, you should enjoy delving deeper into a system that fully develops this technique.
Begins April 25, 2020Read More
Live Meetings from 9:00 - 11:00 AM PDT
April 18: W111A Introduction to Advanced Predictive Techniques
Work with relocation, planetary returns, synodic cycles and more!
5-week course begins April 18, 2020Read More
Live meetings from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT
April 20: W111C Mapping Your Life History
Tell your life story through your natal chart!
Intensive 5-week course begins April 20, 2020Read More
Live meeting time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
CS205A Beginning Horary Astrology - SOLD OUT
Horary astrology is an almost magical method for answering questions, using only a chart cast for the time and place of the query.
CLASS IS FULL
Instructor: Nina Gryphon
5-week course (CS205A was numbered E531A)
STARTS: May 16, 2020… Read More
May 23: L201A Astrology in Sacred Literature: Western Traditions
Course Begins May 23, 2020… Read More
May 2: W113A Practicum: Applied Forecasting in the Client Session
Develop your confidence in meeting with clients and making forecasts by first practicing with multiple movement techniques to answer common client questions.
Course begins May 2, 2020Read More
Live meetings from 9:00 - 11:00 AM PDT
May 3: CS153A The Cycle of the Year: Traditional Predictive Astrology
By the end of the course, students will have a basic working knowledge of the techniques covered. Students will be able to use them for interpretation and as a springboard for further study of traditional resources.
5-week course begins May… Read More
May 6: E520A Psyche and Soul: The Astrology of Identity and Character
This course looks at identity and character by taking astrological symbolism and deepening our understanding through modern science, psychological perspectives, and ancient considerations.
5-week course begins May 6, 2020… Read More
Meets 4:00 - 6:00 PM PDT / 7:00 - 9:00 PM EDT